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A grade: Poowong 49 de­feated War­ragul In­dus­tri­als 32.

Poowong had a great start, with ex­cel­lent de­fen­sive pres­sure. The goalers also dis­played ac­cu­racy at the post de­spite hav­ing to work hard un­der Dusties’ in­tense pres­sure.

With some changes to the line-up, Dusties started the sec­ond quar­ter well. They cap­i­talised on a cou­ple of turnovers to get back in the hunt.

Slip­pery con­di­tions played havoc for both teams, cre­at­ing turnovers for both sides.

Ka­rina Proc­tor was dy­namic with some long range shots for Poowong, but the ball spent more time in the Dusties cir­cle. The mar­gin was back to five goals at half-time.

Poowong came out in the third with re­newed de­ter­mi­na­tion. Dal­las Loughridge and Mieke Pol­man-Short dom­i­nated the mid­court, cre­at­ing loads of turnovers for the Mag­pies.

Dusties re­gained con­fi­dence with some ef­fec­tive long bombs into Ash­leigh Wy­att in goals. As con­di­tions im­proved, the speed and in­ten­sity of play in­creased, and an even pe­riod of play re­sulted.

Three early turnovers cre­ated by Ni­cole Vam­plew and Kate­lyn Miller in Poowong’s de­fen­sive end lifted their team’s en­deav­our. Their goalers fin­ished off the plays well at the other end.

When Dusties’ key player Stacey Lawry went to ground in­jured, un­sched­uled changes were made to the team and they strug­gled to find form in the clos­ing stages.

Poowong took a firm hold on the game, lim­it­ing Dusties to only two goals for the quar­ter and run­ning away with the win.

Best on court: Poowong goal at­tack Ka­rina Proc­tor.

B grade: War­ragul In­dus­tri­als 45 de­feated Poowong 44.

It took both teams most of the first quar­ter to set­tle due to nerves, cou­pled with un­favourable weather con­di­tions.

After lots of turnovers from both teams, it was Dusties who cap­i­talised bet­ter on their op­por­tu­ni­ties to be 15-8 ahead at the first break.

Poowong made some mid­court changes, giv­ing them a lift to come within four goals. How­ever, as the quar­ter went on, Dusties re­gained con­trol to ex­tend the lead back out to eight goals by the half-time break.

Both teams made changes go­ing into the third quar­ter, with Poowong do­ing bet­ter as a re­sult. A few poor de­ci­sions re­sulted in some er­rors in the Dusties at­tack. Poowong man­aged to re­duce the mar­gin to four goals go­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod.

Poowong came out hun­gry in the last quar­ter, get­ting an early break to be down by only one goal. Dusties missed some cru­cial goals and the scores were lev­elled.

It was a fi­nal quar­ter full of er­rors, missed goals, con­tacts and more as both teams showed des­per­a­tion to meet Buln Buln in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. In the end, time ran out for Poowong and Dusties held on for a one-goal win.

Best on court: Dusties de­fender Me­gan Spencer.

C grade: War­ragul In­dus­tri­als 35 de­feated Nilma Dar­num 30.

Dusties be­gan the game on fire with the first cen­tre break.

High de­fen­sive pres­sure from the Dusties girls kept Nilma guess­ing through­out the court. This en­abled them to cap­i­talise on turnovers and, cou­pled with some strong of­fen­sive re­bounds, Dusties took a solid 11-3 lead into the first break.

The sec­ond quar­ter be­gan in much the same vein as the first. Nilma was able to break the mo­men­tum in the mid­dle of the term, putting some much-needed goals on the board.

The run­ning play through the mid­dle of the court by Dusties al­lowed their goalers to score quickly and lead at half-time, 20-10.

Nilma came out fir­ing in the third quar­ter, scor­ing the first three goals. They man­aged to hold off the pres­sure from Dusties to come back and trail by just five goals at the fi­nal break.

Dusties re­gained con­trol in the last quar­ter and quickly pushed the mar­gin back out to eight goals. Nilma fought hard to the end but Dusties held on for the win.

Best on court: Dusties cen­tre Caro­line Pur­cell. D grade: Poowong 36 de­feated Long­warry 29. Poowong was straight out of the gates with an early six goals to one.

Long­warry started to re­build but Poowong took a con­vinc­ing seven-goal lead into the first quar­ter in­ter­val.

Long­warry per­formed bet­ter in the sec­ond quar­ter in what be­came a closely con­tested pe­riod. They were only able to re­duce the mar­gin by one by into half-time.

Poowong re­asserted their dom­i­nance in the third quar­ter, stretching the lead to a com­fort­able 10 goals by the fi­nal break.

With the sup­port of their sup­port­ers, Long­warry ap­plied loads of pres­sure dur­ing the fi­nal quar­ter in an en­deav­our to get back into the match. De­spite win­ning the quar­ter, they were un­able to re­cover from Poowong’s strong­hold on the match.

Best on court: Poowong goal at­tack Alex Mac­queen.

E grade: Long­warry 32 de­feated Neer­imNeerim South 26.

Neerim be­gan well to take an early lead, while Long­warry strug­gled to set­tle. Grad­u­ally Long­warry found its rhythm and in­creased the pres­sure over the ball. It was 11-5 in Neerim’s favour at the first break.

Car­ry­ing on from their first quar­ter im­prove­ment, Long­warry’s de­fen­sive pres­sure started to see re­wards on the score­board. They took a two-goal lead into the half-time break.

The third quar­ter de­vel­oped into a bit of a nail-biter with nei­ther team able to break away on the score­board. As a re­sult, Neerim was able to re­duce the deficit to one goal at the fi­nal break.

Long­warry took ad­van­tage of a con­gested Neerim goal cir­cle in the last quar­ter. They con­verted turnovers on the score­board to add an­other five goals to the mar­gin.

Best on court: Long­warry cen­tre Tiarnee Browney. F grade: Catani 20 de­feated Buln Buln 12. Early de­fen­sive pres­sure from both sides saw count­less turnovers. After sev­eral ner­vous at­tempts at goal, Buln scored the open­ing goal with four min­utes re­main­ing in the first quar­ter.

Catani re­tal­i­ated al­most im­me­di­ately to break its scor­ing drought. Buln held a nar­row sin­gle­goal ad­van­tage at quar­ter time.

Both sides set­tled into a more free-flow­ing game in the sec­ond term. De­spite some re­lent­less de­fence from Buln, Catani man­aged to score seven unan­swered goals for a 9-5 lead at half-time.

Catani con­tin­ued to cap­i­talise well on turnovers to ex­tend its lead through the third quar­ter.

The fi­nal term was met with in­creased ur­gency from both teams. Catani set­tled well by mid­way through the pe­riod and con­tin­ued for a 20-12 win.

Best on court: Catani goal keeper Maddy Dal­ton.

Long­warry wing de­fence Ge­or­gia Green gets a de­flec­tion against Ellinbank goal at­tack Jade Pratt dur­ing C grade on Satur­day. Ellinbank won 44-38 to keep hopes of its fourth con­sec­u­tive premier­ship alive.

Buln Buln’s Te­nielle Bridger drives for the ball ahead of Ellinbank’s Mia McGar­rity in the B grade fi­nal on Satur­day.

Buln Buln goal shooter Louise Met­calf takes the ball de­spite the de­fence of Ellinbank’s Abbey Bow­man in the B grade semi-fi­nal on Satur­day.

Long­warry goal de­fence Re­becca Gay takes the ball in the mid­court in the C grade fi­nal against Ellinbank.

Long­warry goal shooter Jen­nifer Law col­lects the ball in the goal cir­cle dur­ing C grade.

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